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Rep. Ted Lieu’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from California's 33rd District
Democrat
Serving Jan 6, 2015 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Lieu’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Lieu’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Was 3rd most absent in votes compared to California Delegation (tied with 2 others)

Lieu missed 4.4% of votes (42 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Lieu’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (90th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Cosponsored the 31st most bills compared to All Representatives

Lieu cosponsored 771 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (88th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (93rd percentile).


 

Introduced the 33rd most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Lieu introduced 50 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (84th percentile); House Democrats (87th percentile); All Representatives (92nd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 39th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Lieu’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 444: Reaffirming the importance of the ...; H.R. 332: Arms Sale Oversight Act; H.R. 1086: Hold the LYNE Act; H.R. 1979: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction ...; H.R. 2264: Bear Protection Act of 2019; H.R. 3570: Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of ...; H.R. 3626: United States-United Kingdom Directed Energy ...; H.R. 4170: ENCRYPT Act of 2019; H.R. 4792: Cyber Shield Act of 2019; H.Con.Res. 36: Supporting efforts to enact a ...; H.J.Res. 62: Providing for congressional disapproval of ...

Compare to all California Delegation (76th percentile); House Democrats (82nd percentile); All Representatives (90th percentile).


 

Ranked the 54th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Lieu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (71st percentile); House Democrats (78th percentile); All Representatives (88th percentile).


 

Got the 57th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Lieu’s bills and resolutions had 824 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (69th percentile); House Democrats (77th percentile); All Representatives (87th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 55th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 20 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Lieu introduced 7 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.Res. 444: Reaffirming the importance of the ...; H.R. 328: Hack Your State Department Act; H.R. 1487: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation ...; H.R. 1847: Inspector General Protection Act; H.R. 3571: City and State Diplomacy Act; H.R. 7881: Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur ...; H.Con.Res. 91: Authorizing the use of Emancipation ...

Compare to all California Delegation (71st percentile); House Democrats (72nd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 60th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 11 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 8 of Lieu’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 669: Restricting First Use of Nuclear ...; H.R. 1978: Fighting Homelessness Through Services and ...; H.R. 1979: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction ...; H.R. 2016: To modify the authorized uses ...; H.R. 4792: Cyber Shield Act of 2019; H.R. 7881: Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur ...; H.R. 8694: Oversight.gov Authorization Act of 2020; H.Con.Res. 118: Directing the Secretary of the ...

Compare to all California Delegation (73rd percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 66th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 771 bills that Lieu cosponsored, 7% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all California Delegation (37th percentile); House Democrats (27th percentile); All Representatives (15th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 61st most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 14 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 18 of Lieu’s 50 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Lieu caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all California Delegation (74th percentile); House Democrats (73rd percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked 69th most politically left compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Lieu’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all California Delegation (29th percentile); House Democrats (29th percentile); All Representatives (16th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Lieu introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 7881: Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur ...

Compare to all California Delegation (27th percentile); House Democrats (25th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Committee Positions

Lieu held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Lieu’s Profile »

Compare to all California Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.